The cleaned up version of “Resignation Day” and follow-up “Collapser” already showed the world that Banner Pilot is one of the better punkrock bands to come from the Midwest in quite some time. A fact they only confirm once more with album number three, “Heart Beats Pacific”.
The bass lines thump a little harder this time around and the guitar riffs are denser and heavier but other than that things have stayed the same. They still know how to pull hooks out of thin air and Nick Johnson still knows how to write some standout lyrics. But even though “Heart Beats Pacific” is pretty much a reprise of those two previous albums, I can’t hold it against Banner Pilot that they want to refine the sound that got them noticed.
If you are into the likes of Dillinger Four, Dear Landlord, Off With Their Heads and of course Jawbreaker, you have no option… get this album!